top story School board seeks solution to unsafe field by Zachary Chastaine firstname.lastname@example.org Zach Chastaine Apr 17, 2015 (…) West Ada School District Superintendent Linda Clark asked board chairman Mike Vuittonet on Tuesday for direction on how to proceed with finding a solution for unsafe turf at Meridian High School.At the Tuesday board meeting, Clark said the turf at the school can cause concussions for students playing on the field due to wear and tear which has been accelerated by a sprinkler issue.“The current turf is not safe,” Clark said. “The main issue is with the seams; the seams can no longer be mended.” Story continues below video × Advertisement Clark said the cost to replace the turf would be $400,000. However, a grass field could also be installed for a cost of around $40,000. She said the board needed to make a decision soon since budget discussions are coming.Clark said that although the grass option is cheaper and would primarily involve water costs, it could only be used for football.“If we don’t have all these things in play we can’t get that work done in time,” Clark said.Another issue for finding a solution was that Clark said the board had originally made an agreement with the football booster groups of both Meridian and Eagle High Schools that they would not pay for the cost to replace the turf.Both fields at Meridian and Eagle were paid for using funds raised by the school’s respective football booster groups, and Meridian high’s turf is paid for. Eagle high is still paying for its field. Clark said the district had not yet reached out to the booster groups, and board members raised concerns about spending so much money on football turf when other areas needed funding.“As I’ve given it some thought, from my perspective, I think it’s a good idea to look at the budget,” Vuittonet said. “I think a $400,000 outlay is a huge commitment compared to a $40,000 or $50,000 conversion back to grass that would be safe.”Meridian High School does not have a practice field due to the school’s remodel, and Clark spoke about options other schools currently use for their fields.The board decided to reconvene for a special meeting next week to discuss solutions for the Meridian High field. More from this section West Ada trustees Smylie, Klopfenstein to run in May Posted: March 22, 2017 West Ada students almost double concurrent credits earned Posted: March 21, 2017 West Ada renews Superintendent Ranells' contract with pay raise Posted: March 14, 2017 Voters pass West Ada plant facility levy for 5th decade in a row Posted: March 14, 2017 Meridian invites high school seniors to apply for scholarship Posted: March 2, 2017 Zach Chastaine Follow Zach Chastaine Close Get email notifications on Zach Chastaine daily! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. Whenever Zach Chastaine posts new content, you'll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Save Manage followed notifications Follow Zach Chastaine Close Followed notifications Please log in to use this feature Log In Don't have an account? Sign Up Today Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!